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The 2019 Sony Open debuted Thursday at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Adam Svensson finished strong enough to lead the pack after a lap.
Svensson is at the top of the standings after shooting a goal under 61 on the first 18 holes. However, he has little leeway, as Andrew Putnam (62) has a shot back.
Below you'll find an overview of Thursday's action in Hawaii.
Sony Open Ranking 2019 – First Round
1. Adam Svensson 61 (-9)
2. Andrew Putnam 62 (-8)
3. Matt Kuchar 63 (-7)
T4. At Reavie's 65 (-5)
T4. Hudson Swafford 65 (-5)
T4. Shugo Imahira 65 (-5)
T7. Brandt Snedeker 66 (-4)
T7. Jason Dufner 66 (-4)
T7. John Chin 66 (-4)
T7. Brian Stuard 66 (-4)
T7. Michael Thompson 66 (-4)
T7. Ted Potter Jr. 66 (-4)
T7. Cameron Smith 66 (-4)
* The full ranking can be found on the official PGA Tour website.
Golf enthusiasts could not have asked for more convincing action to kick off the tournament.
At first, Putnam was the star of the day. He managed to catch an impressive nine 18-hole birdies, although one out of 15 boguey prevented him from achieving a flawless performance.
As the PGA Tour has noted, it's his short game that has allowed him to climb the rankings:
@ AndrewPutnam1 leads the pack @SonyOpenHawaii in SG: Putting (6,877).
This ended up being one of the best parts of Putnam's career, according to PGA Tour Communications:
In the first round, @ AndrewPutnam1 established or equalized his career by:
Pre-Nine Score (30)
18 Hole Score (62)
Putts feet made (174'3 ")
It comes a week after finishing tied for 14th place in the Tournament of Champions.
And while Putnam seemed in good shape to enter the clubhouse, he could only watch Svensson launch a charge later in the day.
In his first tournament of the year, Svensson clocked four under – nine shots, highlighted by an eagle on the ninth hole. This put him in the perfect position to run to Putnam while he was heading to the last nine places – and that 's where he really hit him. He made a birdie with four consecutive holes on the back nine, placing him at six under a six-hole span.
This hot sequence helped him to take a leadership share:
Updated from @SonyOpenHawaii:
1. Andrew Putnam, -8 years
3. Matt Kuchar
4. At Reavie
Full ranking: https://t.co/ixEiJPuxco https://t.co/7ZUeT9U17z
Svensson managed to score the 18th goal, which allowed him to take the lead at the end of the first day. In doing so, he also achieved one of the best scores in the first round of the Tour, according to PGA communications:
. The address of @ adamsvensson59 is the lowest score of the first round of TOUR since @ 59 BrandtSnedeker's at 2018 @WyndhamChamp.
The most interesting performance is perhaps that of Justin Thomas, world No. 4. He did not miss any strong moments, as he fired three birdies and two eagles that day.
However, he also stumbled en route, recording four bogeys on a seven-hole course at the back. As a result, he is tied for 14th place at three points under his 67 years.
To note, Jordan Spieth He finished the first day three times after shooting 73, while World No.5 Bryson DeChambeau shot in under 69.
The second round will begin Friday at 7 pm local time at 12 o'clock. AND.